|Elmwood baseball advances to district final|
|Written by Chayse Held Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Friday, 21 May 2010 00:03|
DEFIANCE — Elmwood’s offense jumped on Archbold’s freshman starter early Thursday night, providing more than enough support for its own ace, senior Adam Tyson.
The Royals scored five runs in the first two innings and Tyson came back from a back injury to toss a three-hit shutout as Elmwood won its Division III district semifinal, 6-0 at Booster Field.
Elmwood (22-3) moves on to face Tinora in the district final Saturday at 7 p.m.
Six of Elmwood’s first seven batters reached base to start the game, with Trey Marsh’s two-run single providing the punch in Elmwood’s three-run first inning.
Leadoff hitter Jack Waldock reached on a walk by Archbold’s Tyson Dietrich, who was making his first start of the season after a good showing in relief in the sectional finals.
Waldock was then sacrificed to second by Jon Bodi. After an intentional walk to Reid Rothenbuhler and another base on balls to Cody King, Marsh delivered the first runs of the game on a 1-1 pitch. Marsh later scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 after one inning.
“We’ve got a lot of kids who haven’t been in this kind of game yet. They haven’t had that experience,” said Elmwood coach Kyle Reiser. “There might be some nerves going in, but I didn’t see anything. The kids were ready to play.
“We got those runs up early and that helped everybody get relaxed and get into our game.”
The Royals added two more runs in the second off Dietrich, who lasted long enough to record four outs while allowing four earned runs on three hits and four walks.
“We had seen a couple games before this and we knew he was probably their best pitcher, although he’s a freshman,” Reiser said of Dietrich. “He’s a big strong athlete out there. I don’t know if he was nervous about the situation or not. It was important to score early on him.”
Bodi’s RBI double and King’s RBI single gave Elmwood a 5-0 lead after two innings, more than enough for Tyson.
Tyson, who exited his start in the sectional final in the fourth inning after pulling a muscle in his back, looked strong for Elmwood, throwing 97 pitches in the complete-game performance.
“I knew I had to go out there and throw strikes. My defense is solid behind me,” said Tyson, who improved to 7-0 on the season. “I just wanted to go out and do my best.
“I wasn’t really looking to shut them out,” he added. “It happened, which is all the better. It’s just going out there and throwing strikes and giving my team a chance to win.”
Tyson, who has signed to play at the University of Toledo, reached 91 miles per hour on the radar gun several times in the first inning and was consistently in the upper-80’s throughout the game. He finished with nine strikeouts while walking three batters, all of which came after the fourth inning.
“He’s such a competitor. Shorty just wants the ball,” Reiser said of Tyson, who is know as Shorty to his teammates and coach. “This is his last go-around and he wants to do well for his teammates. That’s the thing that drives him the most.”
Eight different players combined for nine hits for Elmwood, with Waldock finishing 2-for-2 with a double, RBI and a run scored.
Bodi was 1-for-2 with an RBI and run scored, while Rothenbuhler reached base in all four of his plate appearances and finished 1-for-1 with a run scored.
Marsh was 1-for-2 with two RBI, and Jeff Vanscoder and Kevin Hammer each had a single and scored a run.
Trey Westrick went 1-for-2 with a double, the only extra-base hit for Archbold, which dropped to 14-11 on the year.
Now the Royals will look for a district title against a familiar opponent.
“Tinora’s got a great program. We’ve run into them many times. They’re a well-coached team, very fundamental,” Reiser said. “They’re almost a mirror of some of the things we like to do, too. I’m sure it will be a great matchup.”
ELMWOOD 6, ARCHBOLD 0
ARCHBOLD 000 000 0—0 3 2
ELMWOOD 320 001 X—6 9 0
HITS — (A) Walker, S. Miller, Westrick; (E) Waldock 2, Bodi, Rothenbuhler, King, Marsh, Chamberlain, Vanscoder, Hammer. 2B — (A) Westrick; (E) Waldock, Bodi. RUNS — (E) Waldock, Bodi, Rothenbuhler, Marsh, Vanscoder, Hammer. RBI — (E) Marsh 2, Bodi, King, Waldock. SAC — (E) Bodi, Waldock. SB — (A) S. Miller. HBP — (E) Rothenbuhler (by Dietrich). LOB — Archbold 6, Elmwood 6.
IP H R ER BB SO
Dietrich (LP) 1 1-3 3 5 4 4 0
Walker 4 2-3 6 1 1 3 1
A. Tyson (WP) 7 3 0 0 3 9
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